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   Posted 8/23/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
ok so i've been scouring the internet today, because im sick of sweating confused im not in shape per se, but im definately not out of shape, if a feral hungry dog was behind me i could run tongue but for the past two months it seems that even walking up the stairs i break into sweat, im not out of breath or dying to make it around, i just start sweating, it is quite irritating. and the only thing i have found online is "you're having a heart attack" ....no im not. but if i have to deal with stupid search engines more i might tongue if anyone has any links to a good site i would much appreciate it, thanx again everyone, have a great day :-)

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   Posted 8/23/2007 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Starz,

Sorry you are having a hard time. Some of these things just feel more ok when we know what causes it . . . so its good that you are looking for answers. Make sure to tell your doc when you see him, ok?

Some meds can make you sweat. Some can even makeyou weak. I was taking one high blood pressure med that really sent me for a loop. I was doing a group hike which we had been doing every Saturday for months (this was years ago) and I actually felt faint and had to stop and get picked up in a car by my adult son who was with us. It turned out it was that blast medication plus the beginning of my biggest flare ever.

If I can find anything on sweating, I'll post it. Maybe some of the others will have better answers

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   Posted 8/23/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Links to: excessive sweating
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   Posted 8/23/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Starz,

I also sweat profusely when I do anything at all. In my case, I attribute it to my weight gain and prednisone. The other day I was in a store when I ran into an old friend. We stood and talked for a while and my sweating got so worse that the sweat was running down my face. It was so embarassing, not to mention uncomfortable. I casually told her that all my prespiring was due to the fact that I was on steroids. She didn't seem to think anything of it.

But I know just how miserable you are! I'll take a look at the like Rosie posted. Good luck.
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   Posted 8/23/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe I have read that Lupus itself can affect our hormones which then effects our sweat production. Also our metabolisms can be affected, which would also effect sweat production.

And if it isn't Lupus....I know prednisone can also affect hormones and metabolism....so more sweat there....

I've always sweat 10x more than anyone I knew...(from May to Sept my scalp is usually dripping even if my hair looks dry)...so the extra isn't too much of a change for me. After reading up on the actual sweat disease (it's been a while, I've forgotten it's name), it's a much worse thing than what either of us are talking about! And I think the treatment was botox, which is about the last thing we lupies need to add to the mix!

So I'd say it's probably not a big deal needing an immediate dr appt, but do put it on your list to mention at your regularly scheduled appt. The docs need to know *all* that happens to us! :-)

Somehow I've learned to cope, hang in there,

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   Posted 8/23/2007 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Starz. Sorry I can't remember who's on what meds, but I sweat pools too! (I did not unless very active before lupus--now it takes only breathing or blinking an eye). I thank the prednisone for my doing that. My med list is fairly short compared to others since I've reacted to almost everything else, and I think the prednisone is to blame in my case. Take care in the A/C! yeah
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   Posted 8/24/2007 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Ok starz don't freak out now but ...........you're having a heart attack! LOL. that was funny I got the biggest kick out of your post. you can drive yourself crazy on web med too. Put in enough symptoms and you can go straight from a busted jaw to a broken leg.

I too have the stupid sweating thing going on. My brother came over the other day and asked me if I was sweating or crying and he was serious. My face was so beaded up. I have long hair and sometimes it's just soaking wet. but hey if others say it's predisone than I'll by that. At least it's somthing I can tell my friends. I thought it was my pain meds or menapause. Maybe it's just one more of them stupid AI thingies.

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   Posted 8/24/2007 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm another one who sweats like crazy and I hate it. I noticed I would sweat more after I got lupus and then after I started on prednisone, I started sweating even more. I do the smallest things and I am soaked in sweat and it is really embarassing to be out in public when it happens. I've had those embarrassing moments like Pat. I don't know why I even bother to do my hair anymore because I end up sweating so much that it just gets soaked.
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   Posted 8/24/2007 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Add me to the sweat platoon.  I'm especially fond of trying to blow dry my hair...by the time the water in my hair starts to dry, I work up a sweat and my hair starts dripping.  eyes
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   Posted 8/24/2007 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, i'm Sarah, and i've got SLE and am a profuse sweater...if you're looking for something to help out to decrease the amount of sweating, you can try Maxim. it's a type of antipersperiant for hyperhidrosis you can get online from www.stopsweat.com. you can get one bottle for $13.95 plus s&h or four bottles for $39.95. the only thing is when you first start to use it, there is some stinging where you apply it. but apparently they now have a sensitive version, so that may be better. i was told about this stuff from a guy in my PT class and was sceptical, but i tried it and it worked for me. you apply it at night only (and don't want to put it on after shaving); it can be applied to any area that sweats, including face and hands. it takes about a week or so to really start working, so you need to keep using your normal deoderant and all, but eventually you actually stop sweating and can stop using deoderant!! i didn't believe it but it really works. but you also want to make sure you don't like to shirt you wear after putting it on because it may bleach the area you applied. i know i sound like an info-mercial, but it really worked for me.

Sarah ;op
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   Posted 8/25/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
prenisone! OMG! It makes me sweat! I also have fevers off an on alot and when I break a fever I drench myself. I never sweat other then fevers and steriods. The steriods are HELL!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 8/25/2007 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
wow, lol i didn't realize we're all gonna drown ourselves here. im gonna try to keep a life preserver on me just in case :P though im glad to see its not just me...well not glad, but psh you all know what i mean :P thanx for all the great posts everyone, im gonna invent a fan hat or something that just continuously blows cool air on your face, i'll mail everyone a prototype hehe. well i hope everyone is doing well and has a good day/night.

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   Posted 8/26/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi starz, don't know if you are on anything for sjogrens, evoxac or salagen, but a side effect of them is drooling and sweating, nice combination. I get hot flashes even on estrodiol and under stress or lots of physical exercise I sweat profusely at times from head to foot and get red and it is embarassing but oh well, that's the way it is. Maybe I'll move to Alaska, but I'd probably sweat there too! A quck cool down to stop sweating is a cold wet wash cloth rolled up and put behind your neck, wrap the ends around to the front. It cools you down fast. They make some kind of thing you put in the freezer like that that works on the back of the neck. I guess that's the sweat point or something. It's called a personal cooling system, but it could be really dorky or not work. Don't know.
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   Posted 8/26/2007 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone! I know it's been forever since I've been on here, but when I signed on tonight I once again remembered what a great place this is for understanding. I always feel like nobody ever really gets it (lupus & related issues) and profusely sweating is one of my most annoying and embarrassing issues. I brought it up at the doctor and explained although I'm a very big girl I never used to sweat like this. I feel like I can't do anything without looking like a ran a marathon (which we all know I didn't do). My specialists both attribute it to AI and Prednisone like many of you said! Well, I just wanted to pop my thoughts in and let you all know I miss chatting and I'll try to make it back more often. ((hugs)) ~avery

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   Posted 8/29/2007 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't sweat until I had lupus, so I have attributed it to the prednisone and the weight gain. It sucks on wedding days though -- between running outside and upstairs, my hair and face are drenched. I wear my hair in a long ponytail and a headband to make it a little less obvious. My face, when it's hotter than 75 degrees in the building, turns bright red. It's embarassing when clients say something! I try to keep a washcloth or handkerchief handy to keep it under control. (At least it doesn't smell bad, thank GOD!)
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